The University of Tennessee women's swimming and diving team opened the 2001-02 season in fine fashion on Friday night with a 142-100 defeat of the University of South Carolina in a dual meet as part of the SEC East Challenge. The Lady Vols wo
n a total of eight events on their way to the victory at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida.
Senior All-American Monica Shannahan paced the Tennessee effort as she won both the 200y butterfly and the 200y individual medley. She saw a time of 2:05.31 in the 200-yard individual medley and then returned to the pool to post an NCAA 'B' standard mark
of 2:00.57 in the 200y fly just 15 minutes later.
"We are very pleased to open the season with a victory," Lady Vols head coach Dan Colella said. "We did an outstanding job tonight and I think that we are really moving in the right direction. We opened the meet with a one-two-three finish in the 1000y fr
ee and that got the momentum totally in our favor. The team came out with great intensity tonight and we put forth a strong performance wire-to-wire."
Senior Cortney Piper got out to a fast start in the season opener as she won the 500y and 1000y freestyle races. She recorded a mark of 10:15.21 in the 1000y free to pace the Lady Vols to a 1-2-3 finish with sophomore Raellen Arnold touching the wall in s
econd followed by junior Lindsey Brock in third. In the 500y free, Piper won in a time of 5:03.18 while Brock was second and Arnold was fourth.
Other event winners for the Lady Vols included Nicole Brannock taking the crown in the 200y breaststroke with a clocking of 2:22.83 and senior Valerie Conte in the 200y backstroke with a time of 2:05.43. Conte also finished second in the 200y IM with a ma
rk of 2:06.64.
The Tennessee cause was further helped with strong finishes from senior Elizabeth Philp in the 200y freestyle as she came in second with a time of 1:53.22 while Sara Wingfield was the top Lady Vol in the 50y free with a clocking of 24.36.
The Tennessee divers continued their excellent showing in Gainesville as freshman Lauryn McCalley notched her first collegiate win in the 1-meter springboard competition. The Moultrie, Ga., native finished with a total of 273.95 while teammate junior All-
American Jaime Sanger grabbed second with a score of 266.30. Sophomore Kylee Wells and junior Stacy Binyon rounded out the UT crew as they finished in sixth and 15th respectively with tallies of 238.90 and 195.30. The diving scores from the one-meter and
Thursday night's 3-meter were also factored into the dual meet totals. In the dual meet diving tallies, McCalley won the 1-meter with Sanger finishing second while Sanger won the 3-meter with McCalley taking second.
The Lady Vols will be back in action on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with the SEC Invitational against Florida, Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina.
In men's action, the Vols claimed championship honors this past weekend at the SEC East Challenge.
The Vols earned 535 points during the three-day competition, topping Georgia, who finished in second with 342.5 points.
The Vols started off Saturday evening with a one-two finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Matt Parrish, Justin Hoggatt, Jeremy McDonnell and Renato Gueraldi swam an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:29.33. In the 100 backstroke, freshman P
aulo Machado finished first, clocking a time of 49.61. The 100 breaststroke was won by McDonnell in a time of 55.35. The 200 freestyle relay team of McDonnell, Parrish, Gueraldi and MikeBurton also won, finishing with a time of 1:21.56.
"It is nice to return home after a long competition with a win," Vols swimming coach John Trembley said. "We now have a lot of work to do because we have some weaknesses."
Vols freshman diver Phillip Jones won the event's 1-meter diving title on Thursday.
The Vols host Kentucky and LSU at 2 p.m. Friday at the Student Aquatic Center.
Golf tournament site moved
After an impressive showing at the Carpet Capital Collegiate last weekend, the Tennessee men's golf team will return home to host the 14th annual Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions.
During their last tournament, the Vols (then ranked 14th by Golfweek) finished second, ahead of top-25 teams such as No. 4 South Carolina, No. 5 Wake Forest, No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 Clemson, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Flo
rida and No. 21 ETSU. The high finish helped boost the Vols to Golfweek's No. 5.
The TOC, originally scheduled to be held at Holston Hills Country Club, has been moved to Cherokee County Club in West Knoxville. The date of the tournament, Oct. 22-23, will remain the same.
"Obviously, we are disappointed that the tournament will not take place at Holston Hills County Club," Kelson said. "It is a good course and the teams coming to our tournament always look forward to competing there. We are very gracious, though, to have C
herokee Country Club as the new tournament site. It is a great course and we will have to be ready to compete."